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WELCOME
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RETAIL

Aarons Jewelry
Roy, UT

Longs Jewelers
Burlington, MA

Marianne Joyas
Santo Domingo, DR

Steel's Jewelers
Valdosta, GA

SUPPLIER

Fern Freeman
New York, NY

Kaiser Gems USA, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
TRENDS SPOTLIGHT

Seen at Fashion Week: Top 4 Spring Jewelry Trends

We scoured the runways at New York Fashion Week in search of top accessories trends, so you don't have to. Spotted: four jewelry trends to merchandise for spring/summer 2015. 

Report: Jewelers Increased Profits & More in 2013   

Jewelers of America released its 2014 Cost of Doing Business Report, an invaluable benchmarking tool for jewelers that reveals retail jewelry sales grew to 6.5% in 2013 versus 5.2% in 2012. Order the 80-page Report to compare your retail performance against similar store categories and high-profit jewelers. Curious how your store compares? Review our breakouts of key Report benchmarking data for:

- Sales by Merchandise Category. You'll never guess what the largest category is after diamonds.

- Sales Performance & Store Operations. Sales per employee were up 2% in 2013. Did your sales meet or miss the median?

- Sales by Channel. Where are jewelers selling? In-store is the primary channel, but the increase of jewelers online surprised us!

- See our infographic for a summary of interesting data.

MEMBERSHIP NEWS
Fine Jewelry Preview Unveils New Collections
Jewelers of America held a Fine Jewelry Preview for fashion's top editors and bloggers on Wednesday. All who attended were blown away by the never-before-seen pieces from JA Member designers and manufacturers. Peek at the jewelry in our roundup.

JA Accepting Entries for CASE Awards 2015  

Jewelers of America's annual retail jewelry design competition, the CASE Awards, will be held January 18-20, 2015 at JA New York Winter. This year, the first-place winners will receive a cash prize, in addition to their trophy and publicity! JA Member jewelers who wish to enter, must submit an entry form by December 19, 2015. Enter early to ensure your piece is included in this celebration of retail jewelers' creativity, artistry, style and excellence.
JA Scholarship Deadline Approaching
Your career development has never been more affordable with JA's Scholarship program, which can be applied to GIA, DCA, JEF and JA Certification programs. Employees of JA Member firms can apply by September 30th to receive funds.
GEM Awards: Save the Date!
The 2015 GEM Awards will take place on January 9, 2015, and will be streamed live online. Save the date for the "Academy Awards" of the jewelry industry, so you don't miss any of the ceremony's surprises.
Contest Winner Selects JA Member Jeweler for Prize
The Ultimate Proposal Contest drew thousands of votes and excitement surrounding JA Members (the $5,000 prize could only be used at a JA Member jewelry store). Winner Brenton Pabst selected Fink's Jewelers in Raleigh, NC, to spend the prize.

JA Members Save on Cost of Doing Business Report  

The 2014 Jeweler of America Cost of Doing Business Report is the most important benchmarking tool for retail jewelers. JA Members receive it at a deeply discounted rate of $49.95. Order a copy to see where you can improve operations and profit margins.
TOP TIPS

Support Candidates Who Fight for Jewelers 

Are higher taxes and government regulation draining your profits? Contribute to the Jewelers of America Political Action Committee, JAPAC, can help keep your focus on what's important: selling beautiful jewelry. JAPAC supports candidates who fight for jewelers on Capitol Hill!
TOP TIPS

Protect Against the Invisible Threat 

When you think about theft, protecting inventory is probably the first priority. However, data theft and fraud can have a greater financial impact on your bottom line. If you're storing records or processing payments electronically, you need these tips from Jewelers Mutual to protect personally identifiable records.
UPCOMING EVENTS
September 27-29: Texas Jewelers Association Convention; San Antonio, TX

October 11-14: Jewelers International Showcase; Miami, FL

October 26-28: JA New York Special Delivery; New York, NY

For a full list of upcoming industry events, visit
Jewelers of America's Jewelry Events Calendar at www.jewelers.org.